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House Republicans Are Quietly
Giving in to Obamacare

New Republic, by BRIAN BEUTLER

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Posted By:ruready?, 4/9/2014 1:37:58 PM

A week and a half ago, when House Republican leaders realized that their own conservative members might align to defeat legislation protecting Medicare physicians from a big automatic pay cut, they took the unusual step of cutting them out of the tangle altogether. While negotiations were ongoing, the Majority Leader, Eric Cantor, darted on to the House floor and, after brief consultation with Democratic leaders, cleared the Medicare "doc fix" by voice vote—a procedure that´s typically reserved for fast tracking uncontroversial legislation. The yeahs and nays were not recorded. A bill that divided the GOP conference, and might very well

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Starlifter Nav, 4/9/2014 1:39:54 PM     (No. 9804338)

"The New Republic"... large grain of salt required.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Flipper3, 4/9/2014 1:42:33 PM     (No. 9804342)

They damned-well better not!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Whamdbambam, 4/9/2014 1:49:41 PM     (No. 9804353)

Yep, just the New Republic trying to throw a cat amongst the pigeons.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: mitzi, 4/9/2014 1:50:01 PM     (No. 9804354)

I would hope they (and staff) are spending an equal amount of time updating their resumes.

Fall House cleaning scheduled!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Aubreyesque, 4/9/2014 2:05:44 PM     (No. 9804386)

A fiery pox upon them all.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: belwhatter, 4/9/2014 2:12:10 PM     (No. 9804394)

Why are they not representing the citizens who elected them? Are their heads that full of wood?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: scott5js, 4/9/2014 2:20:16 PM     (No. 9804408)

In any modern economy, there clearly needs to be an economic safety net for medical costs, which can be devastating. Private insurance has not filled the bill.
Fifty years I was a Young Republican and thought that Medicare was ´socialized medicine.´ I outgrew that idea and came to appreciate Medicare.
On the other hand I do not care to see many health professionals become government employees. My dentist went to Toronto to marry another male of the species. He did not have to worry what his clients would think. Neither did he have to worry about someone in government would think.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: periwinkel, 4/9/2014 2:21:34 PM     (No. 9804410)

I learned a new word today: Pusillanimous: lacking courage and resolution : marked by contemptible timidity.

That would certainly fit our Elitist Prancing Princes of the House and Senate. Whether or not the article is true...this definition still fits.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: TXknitter, 4/9/2014 2:33:52 PM     (No. 9804426)

#8 gives the spot-on definition of the House leadership. When we think of what could have been accomplished when we recently had all THREE levers of power! The Bush WH, House and Senate completely squandered the opportunity. If they couldn´t lead THEN, I guess we should not be at all surprised at their multitude of excuse-making now. This publication may be the New Republic but there is lot of truth in it.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Blackeagle, 4/9/2014 2:39:35 PM     (No. 9804433)

Obamacare will probably collapse from the weight of its own contradictions. The GOP couldn´t make it work even if they wanted to do so.

Either we end the law thus maybe giving the insurance industry a chance to repair much of the damage to date - or do nothing and let the entire industry decline into irrelevance (the dreaded death-spiral) and we go to a privately-negotiated pay-as-you-go system. Hey, dentists and veterinarians do it.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: 4Justice, 4/9/2014 2:56:57 PM     (No. 9804454)

Big grain of salt? Maybe but what benefit would it be for TNR to say this? I wouldn´t be surprised, considering how the GOP politicians don´t seem to give a darn about their constituents.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: JediJerry, 4/9/2014 5:24:26 PM     (No. 9804641)

Oh yes the willing participation in the fundamental transformation of a free people with choice and unalienable rights to a nation of totalitarian authority and governmental powers which they were never granted by our founding fathers over a people who are now slaves to the federal government. Thanks to Johnny Boenher and Mitch McConnell for working in a bipartisan manner to destroy this country´s fabric of freedom and choice over our lives.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: KTWO, 4/9/2014 5:47:29 PM     (No. 9804670)

Of course.

The GOP majority is narrow. If roughly 5% join the Democrats on a given vote or issue the Democrats win. (A Democrat will almost never defect and vote with the GOP when it matters.)

Knowing GOP unity is vital the House leaders act as if it is not. They toss it away and spit at the more conservative.

True, getting along with some of the most conservative GOP members might be a pain. But Boehner & Company never seem to realize that the alternative is to enable the most liberal of Democrats instead.





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